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    Fenway Park debuts to launch World Championship season!

    1912 Heinie Wagner Game Worn Boston Red Sox Jersey, MEARS A9. He learned his trade on the streets of Hell's Kitchen, an ethnically diverse section of Manhattan at the turn of the century where his German ancestry earned him the nickname that would trail him for the rest of his life (his given name was Charles). Wagner would get his first taste of professionalism at the tender age of seventeen when offered fifty cents to join an Upper West Side club in a trip across the Hudson to face another semi-pro team from New Jersey.

    He'd make baseball a full-time gig after graduating from high school in 1898, and by 1902 his work with the Columbus Senators of the American Association had garnered the attention of fellow New Yorker John McGraw, who'd introduce him to the Majors on July 1, 1902. He'd finish that first half-season with the Giants batting just .214 and return to the minors for three more seasons before getting his second shot at the Bigs with the 1906 Boston Red Sox, his first of eleven seasons with that early American League powerhouse.

    The presented home white pinstriped garment finds the thirty-one year old second baseman and team captain engaged in one of the most historic seasons in Boston Red Sox history, a campaign which began with the ribbon-cutting at Fenway Park and ended with the franchise's second World Series Championship. That victory over the Giants team that had given up on him a decade earlier had to feel particularly sweet, though McGraw was repentant in the reunion, seeking out Wagner mid-battle to tell him, "If I had you with me the Series would be all over now. I always knew you would make a great ball player."

    The experts at MEARS land upon this historic vintage due to the fact that the BoSox sported a completely different style in 1911 and upgraded to a completely different under arm gusset construction in 1913. The understated format is nonetheless a striking beauty, with the classic Dead Ball Era sleeve length, a cadet collar, and a bit of a tailoring flourish between the shoulder blades on verso.

    Interior collar holds proper "Spalding" maker's label above an ancient embroidered "Wagner," faded to a pale green. There are no size markings, as was standard for this era, but the construction perfectly suits Heinie's stocky 5'8", 185 pound build. The single point lost in the MEARS evaluation relates to a degree of soiling/staining and a single 0.75" hole on right front chest. The garment remains in 100% original and unaltered condition. LOA from MEARS, A9. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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